LANGUAGE AND GESTURE

LIN2LAG

2021

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject introduces the student to the study of gesture in human communication. It focuses on how gesture is used during face-to-face interaction in order to demonstrate the varied role of gesture in communication. The subject will begin with a discussion of the history of the study of gesture, exploring the relationship between gesture and signed languages, and how the use of gesture varies according to cultural and language differences. The emphasis in this subject will be on the semiotic and linguistic dimensions of gestural communication, but the unit will also touch on the neurological and psycholinguistic aspects of gesture, its developmental course in infants and children, and its possible role in the evolution of language.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorLauren Gawne

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesLectures, class discussion, class exercises, assignment and analysis of co-speech gesture video data

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Readings

Gesture and thought

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorMcNeill, D.

Year2005

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherUNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO PRESS

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Gesture: Visible action as utterance

Resource TypePrescribed

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorKendon, A.

Year2004

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherCAMBRIDGE: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS

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Language and gesture

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorMcNeill, D.

Year2000

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PublisherCAMBRIDGE

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Hearing gesture: How our hands help us think

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorGoldin-Meadow, S.

Year2003

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PublisherHARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS

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Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Explain the importance of studying gesture for an understanding of human communication
02. Describe key aspects of gesticulation/co-speech gestures, mimetic gestures, and emblems/symbolic gestures
03. Compare the form and functions of gesture, spoken languages and sign languages
04. Analyse interactions between people to determine the role of gesture in communication. You will be able to a. explain key issues in gesture research methodology and b. apply theoretical knowledge to the analysis of co-speech gesture data

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorLauren Gawne

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 31 - 43
One 2.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

TutorialWeek: 31 - 43
One 1.00 h tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

One 2,000 assignment

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

One draft + final 2000 word essay

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4